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Old 05-20-07, 11:50 AM   #1
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skidding-friendly tyres

In 3 months I have skidded away the rubber of my GP 4000 reat tyre. Anyone got any suggestions on a more skidding-durable tyre?
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Old 05-20-07, 11:52 AM   #2
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I think 3 months of use from a skiddin tire is exceptionally good. Lots of tires will hold up for only 3 weeks, if that.

And do a search!

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Old 05-20-07, 11:54 AM   #3
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gatorskin, or skid less and just pedal to a stop.. i ran the same vittoria zaffiro cheapie tire for over 6 months on a fixie by relaxing on the unnecessary skidding.
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I´v heard good things about Conti 4-sesons
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Old 05-20-07, 11:55 AM   #5
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soma everwear, conti gatorskins. i swear this same topic is brought up bi-weekly.
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Old 05-20-07, 12:05 PM   #6
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I guess you're right, but it's hard not to.
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Old 05-20-07, 12:05 PM   #7
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+1 for the zaffiros. i've been pleasantly suprised at how many miles i've gotten out of them. and they're cheeeaaap.
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randonneurs. thread over.
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Old 05-20-07, 12:34 PM   #9
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I guess a cheap tyres is teh way to go. Thanks all!
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If your killing tires in 3 months, a cheap tire is the way to go,

These are nice for $15.00 CDN.
http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1179686958468

Even better, if your running 27" $4.50 CDN Skid away!
http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1179686958460

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Old 05-20-07, 02:26 PM   #11
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hey! i said "thread over'!!!
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Old 05-20-07, 03:20 PM   #12
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randonneurs. thread over.



THANK YE!

not only those but you can sometimes find the version with a reflective stripe. and you can also find folding versions. some people dont like the 28c size but if you like to skid.....you sort of dont have an option.
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Old 05-20-07, 03:31 PM   #13
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if you're going to skid like crazy, just buy a case of the cheapest tires you can find and shred the hell out of them.
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Old 05-20-07, 03:59 PM   #14
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okay, yeah, dumpster tires are nice. just keep a patch kit handy.
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i dont like the ride of rando's... im a gatorskin fan.
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gatorskins FÜCK TEHZ WORLD!!
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soma everwear or whatever is cheap.

this topic does come up weekly.
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Old 05-21-07, 10:37 AM   #18
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gatorskins FÜCK TEHZ WORLD!!
wait what?
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you can either buy a cheap tire and be ready to replace it often or spring for somthing nicer and keep it for longer. though, i would always run the more expensive tire so that i dont have to worry about it
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just a noob question, how much do average tires cost??
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zephyr - why do you think nicer means they will last longer?

in my experience more expensive actually means lighter/thinner which means they in general they will wear out even quicker.
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Old 05-21-07, 02:27 PM   #22
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Hop skid!
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zephyr - why do you think nicer means they will last longer?

in my experience more expensive actually means lighter/thinner which means they in general they will wear out even quicker.
just depends on which 'nice' tire you buy. gatorskins are a nice tire with a good track record of being able withstand the abuse of skids fairly well. armadillos and soma everwears are other such examples.

in my mind, it's worth the peace of mind to have a nice tire that won't flat out ever time you go across a ****ty street filled with broken glass / sharp pebbles / other annoying pieces of road debris, so i like gatorskins for that reason - i have yet to flat one. same with armadillos and the soma everwear i have on back right now (*cross fingers*).

it's also worth the better 'road feel' you get with more expensive tires, and the lower rolling resistance. $30 ever few months for new tires pales in comparison to what you'd pay for a monthly gas bill.

but that's my own personal philosophy and doesn't pertain to universal truth, so buy whatever floats your boat. and if you're actually running brakes, all of this is irrelevent if you use them instead of skidding.
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Time for my stock answer to this stock question: Specialized All Condition Pro. They wear forever, handle in a most excellent fashion, and have excellent flat protection without riding like wood.
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